black history month

Today In Black History: Celebrating Nat King Cole

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On this day in Black History we celebrate the life of famed American musician, Nat King Cole. Nat King Cole made a name for himself in the jazz community during the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, as a pianist and lead singer. On March 17, 1919, Nathaniel Adams Coles was born in Montgomery, Alabama. When he was […]

Celebrating Black Film: “Spirit of Rebellion: Black Film at UCLA” [Review]

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This Black History Month, Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza has been hosting the Pan African Film Festival. From February 4 through the 15, Rave Cinema 15 is showing films from many different African American directors both independent and corporately sponsored. One of the films shown this year is the documentary Spirit of Rebellion: Black Film at […]

Best Hip Hop Moments in #BHM: 2Pac Releases ‘All Eyez on Me’ 20 Years Ago

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In honor of Black History Month, each day here at The Source we’ll be chronicling many of the best moments pertaining to Hip Hop that occurred during the meaningful month of February – celebrating the birthdays of now-legendary MCs; highlighting the most impactful album and single releases; even reminiscing on the most obscure, yet culturally-significant […]

Today in Black History: NAACP Founded 105 Years Ago

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On this day in Black History the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was founded by Mooreland Storey, Mary White Ovington, and W. E. B. Du Bois. The NAACP is an African American organization who’s mission is “to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and  to […]

Today in Black History: Nelson Mandela Released From Prison

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On this day in Black history, international peacemaker, humanitarian, voice of reason, and first President of South Africa Nelson Mandela was released from his imprisonment at Victor Verster Prison. On August 5, 1962 Mandela was captured along with Cecil Williams near Howick, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa. Mandela was arrested and convicted of conspiracy to overthrow the state. His […]

Today in Hip Hop History: Erykah Badu Releases ‘Baduizm’ 19 Years Ago

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On this day in Hip Hop History, one of the originators of Neo Soul, Erykah Badu, released her award winning, triple platinum, debut LP, Baduizm.  In 1993, Badu discontinued her enrollment at the historically Black university Grambling State University to concentrate on her music full time. She began working and touring with her cousin Robert […]

Celebrating Black History: Black Inventions We Use Everyday

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In celebration of Black History Month, it’s important to acknowledge and remember the innovative contributions made by African Americans. Here are a number of Black inventors whose ingenuity created something that still, even hundreds of years later, we use in our everyday lives. Garrett A. Morgan: Three-Position Traffic Light Imagine if there were only the […]

#BHM Parents Demand School Let Their Children Wear African Headwraps

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Parents of female students in a North Carolina high school became overnight protesters when their daughters were threatened with disciplinary action if they did not remove their geles, or African-style headwraps, that they had worn to school in commemoration of Black History Month. Several teen girls at The School for Creative Studies in Durham, North […]

Best Hip Hop Moments in #BHM: Kanye West Releases ‘The College Dropout’

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In honor of Black History Month, each day here at The Source we’ll be chronicling many of the best moments pertaining to Hip Hop that occurred during the meaningful month of February – celebrating the birthdays of now-legendary MCs; highlighting the most impactful album and single releases; even reminiscing on the most obscure, yet culturally-significant […]

Today in Black History: Celebrating the Life of Paul Laurence Dunbar

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On this day in Black History we celebrate the life of great American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. Dunbar is one of the first African Americans to gain national recognition for using the imagery of plantation life as a main source of inspiration in his work, although he was born a free man. Dunbar was born […]

Five Reasons Why Debbie Allen Is #BlackGirlMagic

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As we all know, February’s the month where we celebrate Black History by sharing, discussing, and educating each other about past and present influencers, inventors and more amazing people in African American culture. There’s a plethora of Black living legends in the entertainment business who’ve watched the world (and the entertainment industry) evolve into what […]

A Ballerina’s Tale, The Story of Misty Copeland, Premiers Tonight On PBS

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Renowned filmmaker Nelson George turns to the world of ballet in his latest on-screen gem for a special look on the phenomenal dancer Misty Copeland. A Ballerina’s Tale premieres on TV screens tonight, bringing viewers into the legacy of the first African-American woman to become a prime dancer at the American Ballet Theater in New […]

#BHM Beyonce Honors The Black Panther Party In Super Bowl 50 Performance

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In what will be one of the most memorable Super Bowl halftime shows behind Janet Jackson‘s wardrobe malfunction, the “first lady of Hip Hop” Beyonce honored The Black Panther Party For Self Defense with a halftime performance in which her dancers donned all black outfits and black berets to commemorate the Black power group just […]

We Will Not Forget You: Happy Birthday, Sandra Bland

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Sandra Bland is a woman whose story has been heard by and touched millions across the world. Bland was found hanged in her jail cell in Waller County, Texas after being arrested at a “routine traffic stop.” Her death was ruled a suicide by the court system of Texas, but the evidence of her case […]

Celebrating The Lasting Achievements Of First Lady Michelle Obama

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During Black History Month (and every month of the year), we celebrate the strength and awareness of Michelle Obama, and recognize her accomplishments over the course of her time as the first Black First Lady of the United States. Mrs. Obama has been engaged in many humanitarian efforts, from the Red Cross, the fight against […]

Best Hip Hop Moments in #BHM: 50 Cent Releases ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin”

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In honor of Black History Month, each day here at The Source we’ll be chronicling many of the best moments pertaining to Hip Hop that occurred during the meaningful month of February – celebrating the birthdays of now-legendary MCs; highlighting the most impactful album and single releases; even reminiscing on the most obscure, yet culturally-significant […]

Today in Black History: Celebrating Hank Aaron’s Birthday

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Today [February 5th] for Black History Month we celebrate the birth of baseball legend Henry Louis Aaron a.k.a. Hammerin’ Hank Aaron in 1938. Hank Aaron was an renowned right fielder for The Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves and the Milwaukee Brewers from 1954 to 1978. He was born in Mobile, Alabama to Herbert and Estella Aaron. He was […]